Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation - February 2015


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It's Mardi Gras!!! 
Masks, beads, costumes and fun! Time to get crazy and have fun for a good cause. You can come in Costume to make things more festive!
On Saturday February 7th, 2015 the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation will be hosting the 4th Annual Mardi Gras Party & Cajun Cook-Off, sponsored by Manassero Insurance. 100% of the proceeds will go to the construction of the new front stairs of the Sutter Creek historic Grammar School.
Tickets are only $20 (adults over 21 years of age and older) and you can sample Cajun recipes, dance to live Cajun music from "Over The Edge", be in the costume contest, and have a great time!
Want more? Play some Poker or Blackjack, get thrown in the "Jail House", have your fortune told and other fun stuff. The party is from 6:30 - 10:30 at the Sutter Creek Auditorium, 18 Main Street.
This great event is tons of fun and is a fundraiser for the renovation of the Historic Sutter Creek Grammar School. Please help us to restore this beautiful building by coming to the Mardi Gras Party & Cajun Cook-Off. 100% of the proceeds will go to restoring this building.
For more info visit Tickets available at The Music Box Company 64 Main Street, The Sutter Creek Visitor Center at 71 A Main Street and Amador Council of Tourism at 115 Valley View Drive in Sutter Creek.
Letter From the Chairman's Desk
Dear Friends,

   Well it has been two full years since we started the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation and as we start 2015 I am happy to introduce two new board members that were elected at our January meeting, Linda Rianda and Rick McCombs. The board also elected it's officers to a new two year term. Retaining their seats are, Chairman Frank Cunha, Vice Chairman Robert Gordon, Secretary Lisa Klosowski and our new Treasurer Linda Rianda.

   The board also reviewed the foundation's committee structure and created four separate committees; Executive Committee, Community Relations Committee, Development Committee and the Project Committee. Each committee will be made up of a minimum of two board members and as many foundation members as needed. If you would like to volunteer for a specific committee please contact myself or any one of the other board members. If you're not sure which committee might interest you give us a call and we would be happy to go over each of the committee's responsibilities.

   I am very pleased to report that the restoration of the Sutter Creek Historic Grammar School Bell Tower and the painting of the brick chimneys have been completed. This project was funded by the generous donations made by the Cookson/McGee Families. A plaque in their honor will be added to the donation wall. Thanks to each and every family member that donated to this project.

   The next major project at the school is the replacement of the front stairs. The project went to bid and a contractor has been selected. We have raised about half of the money needed to complete the stairs and hope to begin construction in the spring. If you would like to sponsor the front stairs or know someone who might, please contact me at the number below. The total cost to replace the stairs, with concrete, will be around $30,000.

   If you would like to sponsor a project in your family's name or in honor of someone special, please contact one of our board members for a list of individual projects.

   I mentioned earlier that we have a new treasurer. I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank our out going treasurer, Gary Wooten, for his time and dedication to the foundation. After retiring from work and many years on the Sutter Creek City Council, Gary volunteered to help set up our accounting and finance systems and has overseen every penny that has come into or gone out of our account. Gary will continue to be a member and will help as needed. Thank you Gary, it has been a pleasure to serve with you.

SCCBF Chairman Frank Cunha
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Sutter Creek History Corner
   The Sutter Creek Jail was built by the Levaggi brothers.  Legend has it that one of the Levaggi brothers sons, Johnny Levaggi, would tell the Boitano boys in the 60's that his "father built the jail and he was the first person to stay in the Jail!" 

   The jail was built in 1908 to replace the original jail that was destroyed by a fire started when an unidentified inmate set his mattress on fire and burned to death. Sutter Creek and Amador County shared the cost of the new green-stone and cement jail built by the Levaggi brothers. The two cell jail was actually built over the Sutter Creek drainage. Each cell had one bed and the plumbing was a hole in the floor, that drained into the creek.

   Used until the 1940's, the jail was torn down in the late 50's to make way for a re-alighnment of Gopher Flat Road.  Before the re-alighnment, Gopher Flat Road jogged around near where the post office is located today and passed between the Wildman Mine Powder House and the Wildman Mine Shaft/Sutter Creek Jail house.

   Maurice Boitano used the green-stone rock from the torn down jail house for a retaining wall at his house in Sutter Creek.  Written with help from Louis Boitano and Brian Boitano.